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William J. Lenoir Model Railroad Collection


Watch the railroad days come to life!

The Carriage House Museum is proud to display the famous William J. Lenoir Model Railroad Collection—the only exhibition of Lenoir’s work.

Bill Lenoir’s model trains are magical miniature replicas of brass steam locomotives, gas-electric cars, passenger cars, freight cars, and railroad structures.  His hand-built wonders are displayed in an intricate village scene, capturing the tiniest details—from flickering dining car lights to overflowing coal cars.

A pioneer in model train building, Lenoir painstakingly crafted his replicas to the scale of ¼ inch to the foot (known as O-gauge scale).

Please note that due to the age of the layout and the delicate nature of the electronics involved, the trains will only be running for special occasions. Here are some upcoming opportunities to experience the golden age of the railroad:

 

  • Family Story Hour,
    Saturday, July 18, 10 am – noon

  • RAGBRAI in Cedar Falls,
    Wednesday, July 22, 1-4 pm|,

  • Night at the (Historical Society) Museum,
    Friday, July 24, 6-9 pm

  • Family Story Hour,
    Saturday, August 8, 10 am – noon


The layout is always available for viewing during our open hours.

LENOIR BIOGRAPHY

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